PM Thanks Japan For Powering PNG
The people and government of Japan have been commended for their partnership in the PNG electrification program.
Prime Minister James Marape met with the Ambassador for Japan, Kuniyuki Nakahara, last Wednesday to discuss his country’s contribution towards the PNG’s plan to connect 70 per cent of households to electricity by 2030.
The meeting followed a joint meeting with Ministers, High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand, and the Ambassadors of Japan and the United States of America last month in Port Moresby.
Ambassador Nakahara said Japan was funding the Ramu grid transmission reinforcement project to the value of K263 million.
“Construction has already commenced on the building of new electricity substations and upgrading existing 140 kilometres of high voltage transmission line that will benefit 4.3 million people,” he said.
“This project is expected to be completed next year.”
Mr Marape said Japan was also co-funding electrification project to connect households to the power grid in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and the East New Britain and Northern provinces.
“Japan is also co-funding the project with New Zealand and the Asian Development Bank, to connect 5,000 households to the grid at a cost of K30 million.
“To date, the project has seen 3200 households connected out of 5000.”
Mr Marape thanked the people and Government of Japan, the people and Government of Australia, the people and Government of New Zealand and the people and Government of the United States of America for joining with the people and Government of Papua New Guinea to bring electricity to our people.
He said the four nations, together, had committed over K1 billion towards the PNG Electrification Program.